As part of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s (NIFA) strategy to successfully implement the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI), NIFA intends to initiate a new challenge area within AFRI in Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 to address water issues. NIFA is particularly interested in input on how best to achieve the most impact, within budget constraints, in the early years of this new challenge area.
NIFA will hold a web-based listening session on Tuesday, July 16, 2013, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time (EST), in order to solicit stakeholder input on this new challenge area. The web-based listening session will be hosted using Adobe Connect. On July 16th, please access the following website, http://nifa-connect.nifa.usda.gov/afri-water/. In addition, audio conference call capabilities can be accessed at 1-888-858-2144, participant code 1512861#.
Persons wishing to present oral comments during the web-based listening session are requested to pre-register by contacting Ms. Terri Joya at (202) 401-1282, by fax at (202) 401-1782 or by e-mail to email@example.com. Participants may reserve one 5-minute comment period. All other participants may provide comments during the web-based listening session if time permits, or submit written comments.
Instructions for submitting written comments by various means are in the federal register notice published Monday, July 8, 2013, vol. 78, No. 130, p. 40689, at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-07-08/html/2013-16204.htm All comments must be received by close of business on July 30, 2013, to be considered in the initial drafting of the FY 2014 AFRI Water program RFA.